By arie Latest Reply 2009-11-10 15:40:58 -0600
Started 2009-10-01 17:01:38 -0500

I think I have been taking my medicine wrong,,,I was taking my pills after I eat…do I take my pills before I eat…and if I do…when do I take them…one hour before I eat…or thirty min before I eat…and will taking my pills before I eat lower my sugar…

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Anonymous 2009-11-07 20:33:28 -0600 Report

the first nurse practioniar i went to gave me metiform i took italright went to work wearing whit everything in me came out i had to go back home luckly 3 min from my job. i stoped taking it. i changed dr. he told me to take a few bits of food take the pill then finish the meal. it worked fine. never did really lower my blood sugar though. But then i lost my job, and insurance so (my bs stayed hianyway between 270 -479) which I have strang cravings for sweets. Now I've gotten off refind sugar and flour, I found agave for sweenter natural white or wheat flour raw sugar if I use it and this week i started taking Melabic and everyday my bs has been going down.I'll let you know my progress in two far so go and a lot of new energy.

Judimar 2009-10-06 01:53:35 -0500 Report

Hi Arie!

You can take it right before, during, or right after you eat. Just make certain that you don't take it on an empty stomach or it will make you feel awful. You could even take it with a glass of milk I was told.

I've been on metformin since 2004.



Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-10-05 10:37:46 -0500 Report

I've been taking 1000 mg metformin for 7 years. My procedure is to take the morning dose after I eat breakfast, but the evening dose I take just prior to going to bed. My schedule is too chaotic to work in drug regime that involves any more than 2 dosing times. My plan seems to have worked as A1c is 5.3, and the lipid panel is within the "normal" range.

Darly 2009-10-05 19:43:22 -0500 Report

I'm sorry,but does a high lipid panel have any connection with diabetes? Does Metformin help people who are borderline also too keep from spiking after eating?…I truly am sorry,just needed to know…thank you, Darlene*

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-10-05 23:55:07 -0500 Report

Metformin works by slowing down the release of sugar alcohols (called glygogen) from the liver into the blood stream. I don't think it prevents the spiking of blood sugar; one's diet is supposed to be composed of slowly released carbohydrates to avoid the spikes. That's why we are encouraged to eat some fruits and more vegetables, whole grains, and food as natural as possible. I have several kinds of anemia so eat more red meat which has a higher fat content. Fat also slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates, but due to so many diabetics having co-joint heart-related problems, it's a good idea for most people to go easy on the fats. A high lipid panel usually goes along with eating too much saturated fats, and carbohydrates, too, because extra food we don't use as energy is stored as fat. It's all a matter of balance.

As a professional nutritionist I understand the science behind these opinions, and tried to explain things so everyone could understand the process. Of course, science might prove "tomorrow" something entirely different. That's why, even though I amr etired, IS till read the research journals.

Timothy James
Timothy James 2009-11-10 15:40:58 -0600 Report

You're actually partly correct. Metformin decreases the release and production of glucose from the liver, but it also enhances the action of insulin in muscle and fat. It doesn't drop blood sugar, but it helps to prevent hyperglycemia (spike in blood sugar).

Metformin has also been shown to reduce triglycerides, so it also has an effect on the lipid profile as Pauline suggested.

Mil - 64008
Mil - 64008 2009-10-01 20:05:38 -0500 Report

I take one 1000MG In the morning and one in the evenings, don't miss it even if you don't eat. I don't take glyburide in the morning until I eat.

Sarguillo 2009-10-01 19:11:29 -0500 Report

I was on that for a while, It can upset an empty stomach so its best to take it with food. Good luck.

SkipT 2009-10-01 17:06:27 -0500 Report

I was on metformin for awhile, and the doctor said to take it with food. He suggested that I eat a few bites of my meal and then take the metformin and finish eating.